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Ever heard the saying 'you can't be everything to everyone'? Well, the Always Pan is the exception to that rule.
This 8-in-1 piece of kitchenware went viral on Instagram and TikTok when it launched in the US, and finally, the sought-after pan has come to the UK.
Now, it takes a lot for a frying pan to amass a cult following (it's a pan, after all), so needless to say there has been much excitement over here at the news that we will finally be able to get our hands on it.
If you’ve not heard of the Always pan, here's what you need to know:
Dubbed a “kitchen magician” by Oprah Winfrey, the skillet has sold out over 10 times in the US, racked up thousands of hashtags on Instagram, and accrued a 50,000 strong waiting list.
So why the fuss? Ok, it isn't the cheapest piece of kitchen equipment (£140 with free shipping) but the non-stick pan is several pieces in one, highly effective and comes with some nifty features to help save time and energy when cooking.
The pan works as a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula and spoon rest. Meaning you can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve and store your food with just one piece of equipment - just think of all the cupboard space you'd save.
The pan is also coated with a completely non-toxic ceramic, so you can cook safely in the knowledge that your equipment is not releasing any nasties into your food.
Plus, there's the fact that this is quite possibly the most aesthetically-pleasing piece of kitchenware that we have ever seen.
It comes in six dreamy shades: spice, blue salt, sage, heat, steam and char.
What the reviews say:
With currently 17,420 reviews and over 13,700 five star reviews (yes, it's a jaw-dropping amount), it's fair to say that thousands agree it lives up to the hype.
"Omg I love this pan system... it makes cooking fun and inventive.. I can make everything from stir fry to traditional Mexican meals to breakfast. I can't get enough of this set. I have the pan, bamboo steamer and talking trio platter."
"This is by far the best pan I have ever purchased. I have been looking for a good skillet but within a year it's in the trash. Not only is this pan easy to clean, it's a non stick pan, you can even use it to steam vegetables. I leave it on my stove top. It may be pricey but it's worth every penny."
"Throw everything else away. First of all, gorgeous. So non stick I literally cook everything in it. Probably the only thing I need in my kitchen."
"This pan is amazing! It cooks evenly and a simple rinse and wipe is all it takes to clean it! I have purchased two and plan to purchase more!"
"I’ve used it every day for weeks now, it is always easy to clean and cook with, food cooks evenly and perfectly, eggs have never been so delicious. It looks incredible on my countertop and is much lighter in weight than I was expecting which is great. Having to hold myself back from buying one in another color!"
"Don’t wait!! Buy it... you won’t regret it! It’s just so beautiful!! This pan is a must!! It’s the perfect non-stick pan. It cooks evenly and is super easy to clean... and it looks amazing on my stovetop. I love it so much and wish I would have purchased it sooner."